Caramel Raisin Cheesecake

This recipe blends the good tastes of gingersnap cookies, caramel or butterscotch ice cream topping and cream cheese!

Caramel Raisin Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 5/8 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2 Combine raisins and water in a microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Let stand for 20 minutes then drain.

3 Melt the butter or margarine. Combine cookie crumbs, 1/4 cup of the white sugar, and the melted butter or margarine. Press the cookie crumb mixture into the bottom of one 9 inch springform pan. Set aside 1 cup of the raisins for the topping. Sprinkle the remaining raisins evenly over the crust.

4 In a large bowl beat the cream cheese until light. Gradually beat in the remaining 2/3 cup of white sugar. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla. Pour cream cheese mixture over raisins and crust.

5 Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 55 minutes. Turn off oven and leave oven door ajar for 1 hour. Remove cake from oven and let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. To serve, combine remaining raisins and caramel or butterscotch topping. Spread over the top of the cake. Makes 12 servings.

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